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Unformatted text preview: Poetry 205 – Word Machines “A poem is a small (or large) machine made out of words.” (William Carlos Williams) This course will explore the connection between poetry and different writing technologies. We will have to come to our own conclusions about the truth of William Carlos Williams’ claim. In order to understand the relationship between technology and poetry we will look at the classical practice of writing poetry on wax tablets, poetry and manuscript culture in the Renaissance, changes to poetic production with the invention of the printing press, as well as how computers and the internet have shaped poetry. This course will look for continuities in poetic practices throughout the centuries, as well as be attentive to points of rupture and change both in poetry itself and in poetic theory. Along the way we will learn poetic terminology, scansion, and develop an interpretive vocabulary. This seminar is designed for students, including advanced placement students, who wish to develop their reading and writing skills through the study of poetry and poetic forms, and for students who may wish to become English majors. O bjectives: Develop a vocabulary for discussing and writing about poetry Examine a broad range of poetic practices Engage with each other in vigorous discussions about poetry Practice writing about literature Expand our appreciation for poetry Navigate Emory’s Special Collections library R equired Texts: Natasha Tretheway, Native Guard (978 ­0618872657) Drew Gardner, Petroleum Hat (978 ­1931824170) Sandra Beasley, I was the Jukebox (978 ­0393339666) Philis Levin (ed.) The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (978 ­0140589290) R equirements: 7 short papers (two pages), mid-term exam, one long paper (7-10 pages), final exam G rading: Short Papers – no more than one per week, seven times in the Mid ­Term  ­ 10/07 (30%) Long Paper – 11/28 (20%) Final Exam  ­ 12/05(30%) Semester (20%) An ‘A’ paper makes an intriguing, well ­developed, structurally sound, and grammatically correct argument. The student who receives an ‘A’ will have produced and defended a thesis statement that is neither too broad nor too narrow; the student engages the texts and/or criticism constructively while maintaining a distinctive voice and sophisticated writing style. A ‘B’ paper makes an intriguing argument but suffers from some grammatical and stylistic errors. The thesis statement may require slight refining, but the student will have adequately defended her/his arguments and will have maintained a distinctive voice. A ‘C’ paper may make some interesting points but suffers from inadequate paragraph development and a thesis that is either too broad or too narrow. The structure of the paper is faulty, and grammatical and stylistic errors persist. A grade of ‘D’ or ‘F’ indicates that the student has failed to meet the minimum standards required of college writers. The paper suffers from a thesis that is either too broad or too narrow, the structure of the paper is faulty, grammatical and stylistic errors persist, and the student fails to produce and develop a coherent argument. Failure to hand in an assignment results in an automatic grade of ‘F’; submitted papers that meet basic requirements of an assignment, in most but not all cases, will receive a minimum grade of ‘D.’ A ttendance: Attendance is mandatory. If you miss class you are responsible for getting notes from a classmate. If you miss class on the day that a paper is due, you must email the paper to me prior to class, otherwise it will be a zero. H onor Code: By enrolling in this course, or any course at Emory University, students agree to abide by all the terms set out in the Emory Honor Code. Any violations of the Code will result in the referral of the student to the Emory Honor Council. To (re ­ )familiarize yourself with the Code, visit http://www.college.emory.edu/current/standards/honor_code.html. Disability Accommodations : It is the policy of Emory University to make reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. These accommodation requests are best made early in the semester and do not become active until the student presents to the instructor the official support letter from the ODS. Accommodations are not retroactive. To contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS): Jessalyn P. Smiley, Coordinator, Office of Disability Services Telephone: 404 ­727 ­6016 Fax: 404 ­727 ­1126 Email: [email protected] Counseling Center: The Emory Student Counseling Center provides free, confidential counseling for enrolled students. If you need help with any stress, problem, or crisis, please contact them. 404 ­727 ­7450. www.emory.edu/SCOUNSEL/ Schedule of Readings and Assignments 08/24 Introductions 08/26 Poetic Terminology L anguage and Poetry 08/29 Oral poetry traditions 08/31 More oral poetry / alliterative poetry 09/02 Language and Poetry 09/05 Labor day  ­ no class W axing Poetic 09/07 Ovid, Amores 1.11, 1.12 09/09 Donne, “Nature’s Lay Idiot,” “A Valediction of My Name in the Window” 09/12 Marlowe, “Elegia XI,” “Elegia XII” R eproducing the Sonnet — F orms and Functions 09/14 Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella (selections) 09/16 Shakespeare’s Sonnets (selections) 09/19 Spenser's Amoretti 09/21 18th century sonnets 09/23 19th century sonnets 09/26 20th century sonnets W hat's in a Poem ? 09/28 Romantics 09/30 19th Century American Poetry 10/03 Modernists (MARBL?) 10/05 Modernists 10/07 Midterm Exam 10/10 Fall Break A rchitecture of the Page 10/12 Herbert, The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations 10/14 Epigrams, “To My Book,” various authors. 10/17 Sandra Beasley, I was the Jukebox 10/19 Sandra Beasley, I was the Jukebox 10/21 Natasha Tretheway, Native Guard 10/24 Natasha Tretheway, Native Guard P ushing the Limits 10/26 Marinetti, Let’s Murder the Moonshine & poetry (selections) 10/28 Pound, “Machine Art” 11/ 02 Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technical Reproducibility" 11/04 Excerpts from the OULIPO Compendium. 11/07 Excerpts from the OULIPO Compendium. 11/09 Snyder, “Beyond the Hype” Kress, “The Potentials of New Forms of Text” 11/11 Hypertext poems 11/14 Hypertext poems 11/16 Stephanie Strickland, “Ballad of Sand & Harry Soot” 11/18 Stephanie Strickland, “Ballad of Sand & Harry Soot” 11/21 Nick Montfort and Stephanie Strickland, Sea and Spar Between 11/23 Nick Montfort and Stephanie Stickland, Sea and Spar Between. 11/25 Thanksgiving break 11/28 Flarf poetry, selections. Long Paper due. 11/30 Drew Gardner, Petroleum Hat 12/02 Drew Gardner, Petroleum Hat 12/05 Conclusions 12/09 Final Exam ...
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